A poll for the BBC has shown that most people think that the internet should be a fundamental right for everyone. 79% of adults, almost four in five people regard internet access as a fundamental right. While many in the west often say we could not survive without the internet it is perhaps surprisi
For many an artificial Christmas tree is so much simpler than having a real Christmas tree, after all there is no need to go and buy one every year and bring it back home, it can simply be taken out of the loft, shed or wherever else it has been kept for the rest of the year. On the other hand it is
Dubai is considered in a lot of countries in the world a place of pure paradise, where everyone is free and you can achieve anything you want. Recently journalists have started to challenge this view with a recent panorama programme and opinion article in the independent highlighting 'The dark side
It's natural when a popular singer dies an untimely death, as they sadly often do, the listening public realise they don't actually own any of that artist's work. Hence the return of Amy Winehouse's back catalogue to the upper end of the charts. However, playing "Rehab" on loop in a riverside pub? B
Young people often feel that they are negatively portrayed by the media. The media gets lots of news stories out of the threat from hoodies, youth knife crime, binge drinking in city centres and ASBOs being slapped on young people. Even some ‘good news’ stories are portrayed negatively such as t
When the invention of photography was announced in Paris in 1839, the artist Paul Delaroche stated that, “from today, painting is dead”. 169 years of painting since that time have proved Delaroche wrong however the initial announcement did change the way painters approached their art. They moved
Capitalism defines the current main type of relationships in the majority of the world, with exception of some minor guettos (like indians, aboriginal people and alternative squats and neighborhoods). Is there willing somewhere and people anxious to change this paradigm?
‘What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth’ runs a Jewish proverb. Indeed, it would be hard to find an instance where gossip has been celebrated rather than discouraged. Yet, many of us find still find the urge to talk about others irresistible. Perhaps, as an article in S
Capitalism, a system of economic, social, and political order is based on the concepts of market operations, renewable resources and profitability. Over the past few decades the flaws of capitalism has led to both financial and resource crises. With the emergence of a new food crisis, which is a con
Prime Minister Mountjoy (Peter Sellers) was talking about an improbable imaginary situation in 'The Mouse That Roared', but the basic message - that the boundaries between a good and a bad outcome can be blurred and that a defeat can have better consequences than a victory - holds. Is this just an
Many people believe that Obesity is a result of the human race getting lazier and eating too much junk food. I will argue that it is far more insidious than that. There are many, varied causes of obesity and each should be treated differently.
Plenty of kids these days are dating when they are in elementary school. Some call that young love and argue that the person they are with are right for them but some say that they are too young to be dating and they aren't physically or emotionally ready. Some families don't allow dating at all bec
An ongoing debate in the field of linguistics is whether language is controlled by thought, or thought by language. Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf proposed a hypothesis claiming that a person's native language will control their thoughts and that if a concept is not expressed in one's native langua
We live in an age addicted to information and celebrity culture. With the latest news that Fabio Capello is enraged by the publishing of holiday photos of him and his wife, this commonly asked question is being raised once again.
Genetic engineering in humans may be able to save millions of lives by finally treating hereditary diseases such as cancer and cystic fibrosis. However genetic engineering will be abused by many perfectionists who want to design their babies right down to the colour of their eyes. I personally think
In recent years, the online shopping industry has absolutely exploded, to the point that there are now many people who will only buy new products online. It’s not difficult to understand the potential benefits of online shopping, but at the same time there are also people who are sticking to ordin